Utah, Idaho, N.M. join forces with WICHE to prepare rural psychologists

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Utah, Idaho, N.M. join forces with WICHE to prepare rural psychologists


Expanding one of its most successful behavioral health workforce development initiatives, the WICHE Mental Health Program has partnered with three more states—Utah, Idaho, and New Mexico—to develop accredited psychology internship programs in rural and underserved parts of those states.

A shortage of accredited internship slots for psychology doctoral students is a significant problem nationally, and is most acute in the rural West. WICHE works with state agencies and other partners to develop opportunities for doctoral students to train, work, and ideally make their home in underserved rural and remote areas.

Current WICHE-partner psychology consortia in Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, and Oregon see more than half these budding psychology professionals remain to serve residents in those states.